The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

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A classic of the horror genre, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a slow-churning kettle of thrills. Her prose is intoxicating and the characters are rich and delightful.  I was surprised by just how funny this book was.  Like Hill House itself, the story telling convinces you to let your gaurd down with a playful, comedy-of-manners sort of prose that stands in sharp contrast to the sinister twists and turns that will get your heart racing!


— From Devon D. Staff Picks


The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers--and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.Laura Miller, previously an editor at, writes essays and reviews for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143039983
ISBN-10: 0143039989
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2006
Pages: 182
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics